Will Butler, Farrell Or Fox Have The ‘Consent To Kill’?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2013 at 11:58 pm,

consent Will Butler, Farrell Or Fox Have The Consent To Kill?

CBS Films is chasing down Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox as possible candidates to star as undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp Consent to Kill for director Antoine Fuqua.

The film, which is based on a novel by Vince Flynn is hoped to be the first in a potential franchise as there are eleven books (11!) in the series – although Consent to Kill isn’t the first. The character of Mitch Rapp apparently “possesses the killing machine qualities and ruthlessness of Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer.”

According to Deadline:

“In the Jonathan Lemkin scripted adaptation, Rapp battles a Saudi billionaire who is out for revenge (Rapp killed his terrorist son in the earlier book Memorial Day). Rapp has to contend with a German spy and a husband and wife assassin team who’ve been hired to kill him, along with bureaucrats in the government who want to do Rapp harm. All this puts Rapp’s wife and unborn child in grave danger, and when the stuff hits the fan, Rapp becomes a character reminiscent of Denzel Washington in Man On Fire.”

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As far as casting goes, Butler is said to be at the top of the list – after all he is the obvious choice for the man of action. Fox on the other hand is (according to Deadline) “aggressively” pursuing the role, as he sees it as a stepping stone to big screen success once Lost ends. Farrell however, impressed Films CEO Amy Baer when he starred in SWAT while she worked at Columbia Pictures. Other actors who have apparently been considered for the role include Keanu Reeves and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, but it is believed that only Butler, Fox and Farrell remain on the list.

Ideally, I’d love to see Farrell get the role. I feel that he never got the opportunity to have the success that he deserved due to tabloid shenanigans and this could be the opportunity to launch him into the A-list stratosphere. Butler on the other hand just seems like the easy and obvious choice, while I think that Fox lacks the charisma to pull off a big screen franchise.

With CBS looking to start shooting Consent To Kill this summer, expect them to pull the trigger on casting soon – and when they do, you can read it here on Screen Rant.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I'm a huge fan of the Vince Flynn novels. What is Fuqua's political leaning? I can't see a typical Hollywood director doing justice to a movie based on a Flynn novel.

  2. Butler will get it, if he wants it .
    The other two are acceptable.
    Guys,if you have not been reading these books,
    Go to the bookstore and buy as many as you can RIGHT NOW!
    You WONT be sorry.

  3. Vic, Does it really matter about Fuqua's leanings? For the record he is a supporter of President Obama. His previous films: Brooklyn's Finest, Shooter, King Arthur,Tears Of The Sun and Training Day all feature a weary but awesome protagonists. Often fighting within the system while railing against it in some way. The exception of course is Training Day which is about manipulation of a system by a corrupt cop and Brooklyn's which show 3 facets of individuals within the same system. He seems an ideal choice for a character not identical but akin to Bourne and Bauer. What is it that gives you pause?

  4. If this dude is like a mix between Bourne and Bauer then I will have to see this. I like Gerard, I want him in more Action movies then Rom Com's but I would like to see Colin get this role, he was awesome in SWAT and Pride and Glory, I think he deserves it.

  5. Ditto. :)

  6. I think Colin Farrell is such a natural to play a roll like this one. He's so versatile. His best work is yet to come.

  7. If they want to expand the female demographic of the film – (I know, action films … largely male audiences) – get Colin Farrell to play it. The others lose out to him in the charisma contest, not to mention he has the acting chops to handle whatever they throw at him. You won't get a predictable performance with Farrell, which bodes well for holding attention for the duration of the multi-pic project. He's the most watchable of the list.

  8. Have you read any of the Vince Flynn novels? They are the antithesis of the typical Hollywood point of view when it comes to the US, fighting terrorism and national security. So I would think it would be difficult for someone who tows the party line in Hollywood to do a film justice based on such contrary points of view.

    Nothing personal against Fuqua at all – I don't know the man personally nor do I know what his beliefs are. Hence, my question.

  9. Definitely something my boy Colin can pull off. True, at one point he was linked to tabloid junk left and right but these days the man deserves a little more respect. Talk about turning over a new leaf! It's been many years since he was in the tabloids for something “juicy.” He is definitely under-appreciated though that Golden Globe win showed people were paying attention. He's been picking independent roles lately and has a few films coming out this year. The man is serious about his career, has the acting chops to pull it off, and I'd like to see him return to an action film very soon. They've got some good choices but I'd like to see Col in this role.

  10. Colin could be the perfect Mitch Rapp, I've fread all of Vince Flynn's novels. Physically he fits the bill.

    But I would like them to start with one of the earlier novels or combine two of the earlier ones, like “The Third Option” and “Executive Power”. And hopefully build up to “Consent to Kill”.

  11. I have only read four of the Flynn novels and I enjoyed them. This is an interesting thought you put out about towing the party line. When I see the films in the action/thriller/espionage genre I haven’t noticed any party lines being drawn. The exceptions of course are political thrillers. If you have films or Directors to illustrate your point of view please throw them out there.

    I’m not going to argue that Hollywood doesn’t screw up a lot of book to film adaptations but I don’t believe it’s about party politics or the Director taking a character/source material be dammed policy and turning him or her into a member of the ACLU. It’s always about money! True most players in Hollywood are left of center but that hasn’t stopped them from making thousands of lone wolf, vigilante or man against the government, or government against the government movies.

    While interesting I think we are mucking up the movie waters with politics and perceived leanings of public people in their private lives. I argue that Fuqua’s movies to date and his characters have been a lot of things corrupt cops, true blue marines, assassins and anarchists but I can’t remember any bleeding heart liberals waving Miranda cards as they fold mutilate and spindle their adversaries.

    I don’t know the man either I’m basing my opinion on the body of his work and not who he voted for or whether the head of Paramount held a PETA rally and championed against the changes made to the FISA Act.

    I’d rather see Fox in the role. Farrell would be my second choice. I think Fox could bring the kind of internal frustration with bureaucracy/rules that Rapp seethes.

  12. Colin farrell get it for sure, the first picture says it all .

  13. Colin farrell should get it for sure the first picture says it all.